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Legacy and coastal lawsuits tie up revenue for Louisiana

Tricia Erickson Mar. 9, 2017, 3:27pm

BATON ROUGE — As Louisiana faces another budget crisis after a $940 million deficit last year, the oil and gas industry says less litigation and more productivity could bring revenue to the state.

One Step Forward

Don Briggs, President, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Mar. 9, 2017, 2:34pm

A billowing sigh of relief was heard from oil and gas companies all across Louisiana, and with that sigh, came a little boost of confidence.

Groundhog Day: Louisiana’s Endless Budget Battle

Gifford Briggs, Acting-President, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Feb. 23, 2017, 11:56pm

Well, it's a new year here in Louisiana, but not much has changed. A new year means another budget deficit, which means yet another legislative rumpus over who and or what will foot the bill.

Baker Hughes reportedly closing Crowley facility amid litigious environment and oil slump

Tabitha Fleming Jan. 22, 2017, 8:01am

CROWLEY — Baker Hughes is planning on closing its Crowley facility amid continuing lawsuits and a general downturn in the oil and gas industry.

Executive sees new hope for Louisiana’s oil and gas industry

Laura Halleman Jan. 9, 2017, 4:47pm

SHREVEPORT — With a new presidential administration on the horizon, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Gifford Briggs is confident it will only help an industry that has seen its fair share of challenges.

Landry accuses Edwards of wasting money, time with additional lawsuits against oil and gas companies

Michelle de Leon Dec. 4, 2016, 11:49am

BATON ROUGE — Following a court ruling that allowed a wetlands damage lawsuit filed by Jefferson Parish to go to trial, the battle between Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry rages on.

Roadblocks won’t stop us

Gifford Briggs, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Nov. 3, 2016, 8:38am

Low prices, legal challenges and OPEC.

La. governor takes hunting vacation with lawyer retained by state to sue oil industry

Hanna Nakano Nov. 2, 2016, 11:50am

Edwards joined major campaign donor Taylor Townsend on a four-day hunting trip to Colorado, renewing questions about the appropriateness of their relationship.

Lafayette Parish School Board shows support for Louisiana Oil and Gas Association

Tara Mapes Oct. 28, 2016, 8:00am

LAFAYETTE -- The Lafayette Parish School Board recently passed a resolution declaring its opposition to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ demands for more lawsuits.

LOGA president says Gov. Edwards’ call for more lawsuits against the industry a 'shakedown'

Tara Mapes Sep. 25, 2016, 8:45pm

BATON ROUGE – In a news conference Sept. 21, Gov. John Bel Edwards encouraged all coastal parishes to sue the oil and gas industry for its contributions to the coastal loss, a statement the president of Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) calls a “shakedown.”

Edwards’ Legal War Amounts to Another De-Facto Moratorium on Drilling

Don Briggs, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Sep. 23, 2016, 5:30pm

Six years ago President Barack Obama imposed an unnecessary ban on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, which left tens of thousands of Louisiana oil and gas workers and service sector employees out of jobs and nearly devastated our state’s economy.

Lobbyists for attorneys picked by Edwards for coastal litigation team hold fundraiser for governor

Dawn Geske Sep. 9, 2016, 6:28pm

NEW ORLEANS – Amid all the controversy surrounding Gov. John Bel Edwards' picks for his legal team to represent the state in coastal lawsuits against the oil and gas industry in Louisiana, two lobbyists for trial attorneys on his new team held a fundraiser for the governor this week.

Jefferson Parish suits against gulf oil, gas industries dismiss after parish fails to correctly review permits

Dawn Geske Aug. 14, 2016, 3:34pm

BATON ROUGE – A district court judge has dismissed several lawsuits filed against the oil and gas industry in southern Louisiana that regarded permit violations under the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Vermillion Parish DA jumps on bandwagon, files coastal land loss lawsuit against oil and gas companies

Kerry Goff Aug. 9, 2016, 10:19am

LAFAYETTE – The 15th Judicial District Attorney Keith Stutes recently filed a lawsuit seeking damages from a variety of oil and gas companies, blaming them for the environmental contamination and coastal erosion created by decades of drilling and production in Vermilion Parish.

LOGA president calls on Vermilion residents to stand up to oil and gas suit

Jenna Spinelle Aug. 7, 2016, 9:33pm

VERMILION — The battle between energy and environment is at the heart of a lawsuit filed recently against 49 oil and gas companies operating along the Louisiana coast.

Briggs: Commissioner’s Authority Upheld

Don Briggs, Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Jul. 4, 2016, 9:36pm

So many times our companies walk into the courtroom and look at the next few years fly by as they spend their time in painfully draining litigation.

Oil and gas companies block Edwards' end run around state's regulatory process

Nancy Crist Jun. 30, 2016, 11:23am

BATON ROUGE—Gov. John Bel Edwards’ attempt during a May meeting to push gas and oil companies to pay for coastline restoration, with no proof of permit violations, is getting pushback from those being pushed. 

Louisiana oil and gas industry responds to AG lawsuit takeover

Sean Fowler May 5, 2016, 10:52pm

BATON ROUGE – When lawsuits against oil and gas companies began flooding in from coastal Louisiana parishes after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, the local oil and gas industry was concerned. But when Louisiana's attorney general moved to take over those cases, they felt it was time to make their voices heard.

Louisiana Oil & Gas Association opposes escalation of St. Tammany fracking lawsuit

Sean Fowler Apr. 13, 2016, 2:32pm

MANDEVILLE - When the St. Tammany Parish Council voted 11-2 to move its lawsuit against a fracking well to the state's Supreme Court, a large number of people opposed to the well roared in approval. But there's one organization that is far from cheering.

Attorney general moves to organize shore damage lawsuits

Sean Fowler Apr. 13, 2016, 11:30am

BATON ROUGE – Concern over the effects of oil and gas drilling on Louisiana's coastline has led to a number of lawsuits from coastal parishes -- all of which were recently taken over by the state's attorney general.